Discussion in 'Kodak' started by BP, Jun 24, 2005.

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    BP Guest

    Anybody know why Kodak dumped their Nikon based N-80 14 meg unit all of a
    BP, Jun 24, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    Because they couldn't get it to work as well as the Canon 1DS mk.II. Kodak
    has no experience making cameras... Besides Kodak doesn't need to make
    cameras, film or darkroom supplies.
    Darrell, Jun 24, 2005
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    Doug Robbins Guest

    LOL! "Kodak has no experience making cameras" ?

    Doug Robbins, Jun 24, 2005
  4. Perhaps we should say "Quality cameras".


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    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

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    John A. Stovall, Jun 24, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    Because they didn't meet sales expectations.

    *WHY* they didn't meet sales expectations will be covered by experts
    who know better better than Kodak, in other answers.
    Bill Funk, Jun 24, 2005
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    ASAAR Guest

    Are you sure about that? I've read that while the DCS 14n had its
    body made by Nikon, the newer PRO DSC SLR model is where Sigma
    stepped into the picture, supplying the body for the PRO DSC SLR/c.
    Nothing was mentioned about a DCS 14c, so I suppose if there was one
    it might have been manufactured by Sigma, but I'm not familiar
    enough with that line of Kodak cameras to really know.
    ASAAR, Jun 24, 2005
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    I have owned several Kodak cameras, a Retina 1b and a retina 11c both made
    in Germany, there were a couple of box type cameras and a rollfilm
    Sterling that was popularised as 'Katie' and was made in UK. They have had
    plenty of experience MAKING cameras although I am not sure about making
    them pay.
    Neil Ellwood, Jun 24, 2005
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    ASAAR Guest

    Thanks for the confirmation. Too bad about Kodak discontinuing
    the line. Those last two DCS SLRs seemed quite nice, and finally
    provided a reasonable (if modest) ISO sensitivity. If the prices
    really plummet I could be tempted . . .
    ASAAR, Jun 25, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Sure, they have been around for more than 100 years by making cameras
    that don't pay. They have about 20% of the US market by making cameras
    that don't pay. Makes sense to me.
    Ron Hunter, Jun 25, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    Kodak hasn't made real cameras for over 50 years. The Kodak studio view was
    out-sourced. I don't know if the Schneider lensed Retinas were made by
    Kodak, I believe they were out-sourced to a German maker. Their current
    digital P&S are out-sourced. Their Instamatics and Disc cameras were
    probably the last cameras they made.
    Darrell, Jun 25, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    You appear unaware of how business works these days. It's not the 19th
    century where cameras are made in small workshops by artisans, but the
    21st, where large factories with automated equipment make several types
    of cameras for several companies. Do you think Canon makes all the
    parts in their cameras? Do you think Nikon makes their own electronics,
    their own lenses, and their own batteries? Most 'manufacturers' these
    days simply part out the components, and then assemble them. The design
    and specification may be by the company, but almost all the actual
    manufacturing, and even assembly, is contracted. That's how things are
    done these days.
    Ron Hunter, Jun 25, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    Maybe the current crew at Kodak has no experience making "quality" cameras,
    but they made some excellent SLRs (Retina) in the '50s, and the early
    digital SLRs were bleeding edge, and cost accordingly.
    Skip M, Jun 25, 2005
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    Jerome Bigge Guest

    Bottom of my Kodak 7220 says "Made in China for EASTMAN KODAK

    Jerome Bigge
    Photographer and Astronomer
    Author of the "Warlady" & "Wartime" series.
    Download at "http://members.tripod.com/~jbigge"
    Jerome Bigge, Jun 28, 2005
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    Mark Guest

    EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY Rochester, NY 14650. BTW I think its a great camera and
    have took 1400 pics with it!
    Mark, Jun 29, 2005
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